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Year-round adventures for children and families in Hartford CT

67 Main Street, Steamboat Dock Essex, CT, 06426 Phone: 860-767-8269

Inside and out, an abundance of activities to fascinate and entertain families

Feel free to explore all the fun activities at the family-friendly Connecticut River Museum. In the winter, hop aboard one of our scenic cruises to view majestic bald eagles, or during the summer take a sailing adventure aboard the 1614 replica ship Onrust, canoeing or kayaking on a quiet cove, strolling the harborside grounds, walking to historic Essex Village for lunch. You might forget to go inside - but don’t! The kids will be thrilled to examine our annual fall model train layout or the three-story mural of the Connecticut River, discover handmade tools used for navigation, fishing and hunting in and along the river, investigate how a steamship engine works, or climb aboard our model of the Turtle, the first submarine to be used in combat (during the Revolutionary War).

77 Forest Street Hartford, CT, 06105 Phone: 860-522-9258

The Family Tour introduces kids to Harriet Beecher Stowe

Who was the most famous American woman in the 19th century? Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe with “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” At Hartford’s Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, your kids will learn about Stowe, the internationally famous author of the selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Family Tour – specially sized for kids 5-12 (accompanied by an adult) - brings the life and impact of Connecticut’s First Lady of Literature to light for families with story-telling, journaling and historic letters! Weekends and school vacation weeks at 1:30 PM. Reservations suggested: 860-522-9258 x 317 or Info@StoweCenter.org.

The Bushnell Park Carousel

Jewell Street at the Memorial Arch Bristol, CT, 06010 Phone: 860-585-5411

Kids and adults both are entranced by this hand-carved carousel with 48 horses, two chariots, stained glass windows, mirrors reflecting 800 twinkling light bulbs, and a Wurlitzer band organ. Open May to October, Tuesday to Sunday; September and October, Thursday to Sunday. Call for seasonal changes in hours.